Agenda and minutes

Living History Task and Finish Group - Thursday, 28th January, 2021 10.00 am

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Apologies for absence had been received from Councillors Harvey and Snelling


APPOINTMENT OF CHAIR (for duration of T & F Group)


It was proposed and seconded that Councillor Bowater be appointed Chair of the Living History Task and Finish Group.  There were no further nominations.  On being put to the vote, the motion was carried.


RESOLVED to appoint Councillor Bowater Chair of the Living History Task and Finish Group.


Councillor Bowater took the Chair.                        





It was proposed and seconded that Councillor Dodwell be appointed Vice Chair 

of the Living History Task and Finish Group.


RESOLVED to appoint Councillor Dodwell Vice Chair of the Living History Task and Finish Group.




(i)            Under the Localism Act 2011 (sections 26-37 and Schedule 4) and in accordance with the Council’s Code of Conduct, Members are required to declare any interests which are not currently entered in the Member’s Register of Interests or if he/she has not notified the Monitoring Officer of it.

(ii)          Should any Member have a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest in an item on the agenda, the Member may not participate in consideration of that item unless a Dispensation has first been requested (in writing) and granted by the Council (see Dispensation Procedure).



Members were asked to declare any interests, including the nature of those interests, which they had in any of the items under consideration at this meeting.  No declarations were made.





There were no questions from members of the public.




(a)      To receive briefing notes providing background details of event delivery to assist discussion on the future direction for the event.  

(b)      To receive a proposal for future activity.


Additional documents:


Members received and considered an information paper to review the Living History Event and a proposal document for how the event may run in the future.


It was felt that the event had a lack of focus and had become stagnant. Apart from the restrictions of COVID in the immediate future, there was uncertainty of the purpose of the event long-term. Previous delivery had often lacked direct connectivity with the Town’s detailed history. More recently, event delivery had attempted to strengthen this aspect. A targeted historic trail had been created for Living History Day in 2020 focusing on local shops and was available digitally or could be physically undertaken in the High Street.  This information remains accessible and could still be used by schools or local groups as a learning activity. The booklet titled, The Changing Face of our Pubs, created from a previous event was on the Council’s website.  Taking a different approach had created legacy information.


A suggestion was made to change the time of year the event was held as the weather in October was unpredictable.  Another suggestion as a short term solution was to use the empty shop windows to display moving images giving historic information so members of the public could access them as and when required. This would require a dedicated budget being available all year round as shops do not all become empty at the same time.


It was felt that October would be the earliest suitable opportunity to hold such an event if at all this year with the possible postponement of any physical event until 2022. A question was raised as to whether this event should continue or should it be taken out of the calendar and the money used for something else, taking a different approach in developing Living History work, or could Living History activities be bolted onto one of our other events in the future.


The location would also need to be reviewed as the socially distanced market layout would not allow for it to be held in the High Street.  A suggestion of using one of the parks, maybe Pages Park was made using the Railway Museum and their history to enhance an event approach. 


The Proposal for future Living History activity was to build on a combination of targeted delivery of activity that serves to work alongside the long-term continued creation of historic information about the town, whether that be in digital or publication formats, or both.  Using a similar approach as with the Children’s Trail with an activity sheet and reading list and adding a new trail on to the Buzzard Trails which can be accessed via the app.


The information would be updated annually with the launch of a new trail and characters from the trail could be positioned around the town highlighting the history of the building or location.  It was hoped that local drama groups would be commissioned to deliver the performances of the characters or if not available professional performers.  Videos  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6.